Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Iby and Julia - Not Defined by the Holocaust

Station: BBC Radio 4

A granddaughter and grandmother who survived Auschwitz reflect on its impact on them both.

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Iby and Carolyn - A Survivor's Secret

Station: BBC Radio 4

Fi Glover with a conversation about the lasting impact of facing living death in Auschwitz

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Ali and Tammi - Our Grandmothers

Station: BBC Radio 4

Two friends share the stories of their grandmothers, who couldn't have been more different

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Andrew and Stephen - Getting Married

Station: BBC Radio 4

A vicar and his partner plan their wedding in spite of the Church's ban on gay marriage.

The art of inspiration - Catherine and Bea

The art of inspiration - Catherine and Bea

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Catherine is a painter. Her daughter Bea is an etcher. Who inspires whom?

Athena and Jan - Disability: Part of the Human Condition

Athena and Jan - Disability: Part of the Human Condition

Station: BBC London 94.9

Athena, who has athetoid cerebral palsy, discusses disability with her mother Jan.

Rachel and Mandy - Keep On Running

Rachel and Mandy - Keep On Running

Station: BBC London 94.9

Rachel and Mandy's route to the end of a charity run was slightly different to others'.

Rachel and Mandy - Losing a Child

Rachel and Mandy - Losing a Child

Station: BBC London 94.9

After Rachel lost her daughter suddenly, her friendship with Mandy became closer.

My Dr Who Friend: Maddie and Joel

My Dr Who Friend: Maddie and Joel

Station: BBC Radio Wales

16 year old friends, Maddie and Joel, both love to watch and talk about Dr Who.

Rory's Garden: Stephanie & Toby

Rory's Garden: Stephanie & Toby

Station: BBC Radio Wales

Stephanie & Toby share very happy memories of their son, Rory, who died at the age of 14.

The Listening Project Preview

The Listening Project Preview

Station: BBC Radio 4

Capturing the nation in conversation. A BBC Radio and British Library Partnership.